|Death: ||Oct. 14, 2005|
Greater London, England
Jody Dobrowski was a 24-year old assistant bar manager who was murdered on Clapham Common in south London.Jody was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The tall, blond, good-looking Jody was funny, loved singing and dancing, hated any kind of confrontation and enjoyed the buzz of working in a really busy bar. He dropped out of Cardiff University, where he was studying biology, he had arrived in London in 2001 to work at the Jongleurs comedy club in Clapham.That summer Jody was offered a job as assistant manager at the Camden Lock branch. He had been there only a few weeks when last Friday night he went back to Clapham to see his old friends, leaving them at 10.30pm. Fewer than ten minutes' walk away was Clapham Common. Nobody knows exactly what happened next. The attack happened around midnight. He was punched and kicked so viciously that he died ten hours later in hospital — his face so battered that it was unrecognizable, even to his family. He had to be identified by fingerprints.
Jodi's mother Sheri, his brother Jake and his stepfather Mike Haddock travelled from their home in Whitminster, Gloucester, to meet their son's friends and colleagues at The Rise bar, attached to the Jongleurs auditorium. They drank champagne and told happy stories about him. They wanted to hear all about his London life and his new Docklands flat. "There were no tears, because he would not have wanted that," his colleague Julie Kirk said. Jody's family revealed that he had been struggling to "come out".
"Jody knew he was loved and accepted. He knew that we knew. He was also a young man still discovering his identity and was facing the difficulty of having to ‘come out' which straight people never have to face. The timing of this was up to him. He had very little time. He did not know that."
Floral tributes now mark the wooded spot where Dobrowski died, including those from his friends ("Dancing in the living room will never feel the same again") and the one from his mother.
It reads: "Darling Jody, my beautiful, bright boy and brave man. They can never extinguish your light. All who love you will carry that light now with endless love."
His two assailants, Thomas Pickford and Scott Walker, pleaded guilty to the murder of Dobrowski at the Old Bailey criminal court on May 12, 2006 and sentenced to life imprisonment on June 16, 2006 with a minimum of 28 years to be served. Both men had been involved in an attack against a gay man two weeks prior to the murder of Dobrowski. Walker had been out on license due to threats against his mother but the license had expired the day before the murder, however, it had not expired at the time of the previous homophobic assault.
As to I am unsure of the exact place he is buried at if anyone has any additional info please contact me.
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